Tigers, Jaguars win Oct. 14 football games
Two of Valencia County’s football teams picked up hard-earned road District 6-4A wins on Friday, Oct. 14.
The Los Lunas Tigers held on to win at Grants in a mistake-filled game, 13-6.
The Valencia Jagaurs remained unbeaten with a 48-36 victory over Miyamura at Gallup Municipal Stadium.
The Los Lunas defense intercepted six Ryan Ramirez passes in its win, the last being a Chris Sanchez pick with 1:43 to play and Grants trying to tie the game. Sanchez also had a third-quarter interception that halted a Pirate drive at the Tiger 3-yard line.
Safety Mikey Martinez had three interceptions for the Tigers (6-1 overall, 2-0 in District 6-4A), who are ranked No. 4 this week in the Class 4A coaches association poll.
Fullback Darron Gallegos had 115 rushing yards on 29 carries and a 1-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
Jalen Chavez scored on a 42-yard run just before the end of the first quarter. Ramirez was 19-of-40 passing for the Pirates (5-3, 1-2), and despite the six picks, he still threw for nearly 300 yards and a second-quarter touchdown.
The Tigers led 7-6 at the half. They lost a fumble in their own territory near the start of each half, but rushed for 238 yards as a team, and a couple of key first downs in the fourth quarter helped seal the win.
Michael Pohl had to punt six times for the Tigers, but he got a nice roll on a few of those, and averaged 46.83 yards per kick.
Valencia (8-0, 3-0), the No. 3-ranked team in 4A, had to overcome a penalty-filled contest against the host Patriots (2-5, 0-2).
The Jaguars and Patriots took turn scoring early, with neither team getting a huge lead despite a flurry of touchdowns. The game was tied 20-20 at the end of one quarter, but the Jags took a 41-28 lead by halftime and led 48-36 by the end of the third quarter.
Valencia’s offense ran the ball 56 times for 420 yards, led by Noah Brown’s 183 yards. Jude Pepke rushed for 118 yards, and his 3-of-6 passing included a 58-yard touchdown pass to Robert Carrasco.
Carlos Griego scored four rushing touchdowns, and Carrasco and Brown each had one run for a score.
Valencia’s defense bottled up the Patriot running game, holding the hosts to 40 rushing yards on 25 attempts, but Miyamura quarterback Zach Shank lit up the Jags through the air. He was 37-of-56 for 462 yards with five touchdown passes, though VHS did intercept him three times.
One of the completions was for 74 yards. The Jaguars did intercept Shank three times, with Kai Benally getting two second-half picks.
The Belen Eagles had a strong second half Thursday in a 40-21 road win over Gallup. See the story in our Oct. 15 issue.
Next week, Valencia is idle, while Los Lunas hosts Gallup and Belen hosts Miyamura in 7 p.m. Friday games.
Look for more coverage in the Wednesday, Oct. 19 issue of the News-Bulletin.